As a fourth industrial revolution sweeps across the world, Construction Week Viewpoint takes a deep-dive look at smart city initiatives in Kuwait, UAE, and Saudi Arabia.

Unprecedented digital breakthroughs have promised to deliver profound effects to the global economy, but how is this taking shape in the Middle East?

Locally, urban planners are pushing smart city plans that integrate data, technology, and analytics to optimise public services, minimise energy consumption, and cut waste. 

The latest episode of Construction Week Viewpoint zeros in on the smart city schemes reshaping the built world in the Middle East, and redefining the concept of what it means to build smart. 

The progress of a 2013 strategy to accelerate the transformation of Dubai into a smart city is discussed. So too is Saudi Arabia's plan to transform Riyadh into a smart city.

What GCC contractors and developers can learn from a Google-backed smart city initiative in Canada, where a new neighbourhood is being built from the internet up, is discussed. Potential threats to smart city concepts, such as cyber security and privacy, also go under the microscope in the 16-minute episode.

Construction Week Viewpoint is a weekly SoundCloud podcast series produced by the Construction Week editorial team.

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